Panthers lose heartbreaker in regional finals

OSHKOSH – The Plymouth Panthers’ outstanding boys soccer season had a tough ending Saturday morning at UW-Oshkosh’s Titan Stadium as Oshkosh North eked out a 1-0 win in a Division 2 regional championship match.

Reilly Bartow kicked the winning goal with about 20 minutes left on an assist from Lamin Jarju. The No. 2-seeded Spartans hiked their record to 15-5-2.

The No. 3-seeded Panthers, who had an 11-game winning streak snapped, finished with a 19- 3-2 mark.

PHS had several more scoring opportunities than North in the first half but was unable to capitalize and the match was deadlocked 0-0 at halftime. For the game, the Panthers held a 15-6 advantage in shots on goal.

“We knew it was going to be a great game. Both teams gave it their all and at the end one silly defensive mistake was the play that decided who would continue playing,” said Panther head coach Rommy Herrra.

“Games like this one many times are not won by the best team but by the team that makes less mistakes.

“We controlled the first half. We created more opportunities to score and controlled their top players but we just couldn’t score,” said Herrera.

“The second half was more even with opportunities to score in both goals. We moved lines and tried everything we could to tie the game but Oshkosh North did a good job stopping every attempt.”

The PHS goalies were Cole Bogenschuetz and Saunders Gentine. Bogenschuetz made one save and Gentine had four.

“I am proud of my players for a fantastic season and how they never gave up or stopped believing,” said the coach.

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